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Honda Parts Interchange Information ( ST1100 \ ST1300 ) *
« on: March 28, 2009, 04:29:31 PM »
Information taken from the following web page:


Honda uses a unique (three character) Product Code for each model motorcycle it manufactures. Since 1966, the Product Code has formed a part of Honda's New Part Number System—e.g., the "MT4" in "12311-MT4-000." Used in this way, the Product Code (called a Parts Classification Number, or PCN, in this context) indicates the motorcycle for which the part was originally designed. (See the Honda Part Numbers page for more information.)

However, Product codes sometimes change before the end of what might appear to be a normal model run. For example, the 1993 VFR750FP (the Pearl Crystal White model in the United States) has a Product Code of MY7, rather than MT4, which is the Product Code shared by the 1990-92 VFR750FL-N models. (It is not at all clear why Honda made such a change in this case, as the FN and FP models are virtually identical, but the exception "proves" the rule, as they say...)

Accordingly, as can be seen from the Honda Parts Microfiche, many Honda motorcycle models use parts originally designed for another model. Knowing this information allows the use of secondhand or OEM replacement parts originally intended for another model, and also allows the location and use of aftermarket performance parts designed for other, perhaps more popular (or more often modified) Honda models.

A particularly useful resource in this regard is the on-line Honda parts cross-checker at Bike-Parts in France. Although their database generally does not include U.S. models, it does often include Canadian models, which are usually quite similar. For example, searching for Honda pn. 53170-KV0-006 (VFR750FL front brake lever assy.) in the on-line database reveals that this same part number was used on VFR750s throughout the world since the 1987 model—as well as on VFR400s, CBR600s, CBR1000s and RC30s. (However, from the PCN "KV0", you could also have determined that this part was originally used on the MC15 VTR250J-L, which was sold in the United States from 1988-90. This model did not appear in the cross-checker because, not being a European or Canadian model, it was not in their database.)

Another example of how parts interchange techniques work in practice would be related to Honda's use of the same Gearshift Drum Stopper assembly in the VFR750F, VFR750R, RVF400R and VFR400R.¹ Factory Pro Tuning, the manufacturer of the Shift Kit and Pro Shift Kit replacement drum stopper and spring kits, does not list shift kits for the VFR400R or RVF400R in its application charts (possibly due to the fact that these models were never officially imported to the U.S., the country where Factory Pro is based), but Factory Pro's shift kits can nevertheless be used on the VFR400R and RVF400R, because all of these bikes incorporate shifter parts with the same PCN ("MR7").


Comment by John OoSTerhuis:

Interesting.  In reference to the online parts cross-checker, we have had access to one covering USA Honda motorcycles for some time now, ever since Service Honda put up the remote desktop microfiches. These have to be the same, official Honda versions used by dealers.  I started using them to get accurate part numbers for specific ST1100 years and models, but I'm learning something new each time I go there and experiment a bit.  Here's where you go to get started:

Follow the instructions and cautions.  Afterwards you can use this URL to go direct:

Click on the "Connect" button and when the FicheFinder window is up, navigate to your motorcycle starting with the 'File'/'Open Parts Catalog' menu.

I was just in the 91-94 ST1100 microfiches and tested the parts cross referencing function (hover your cursor in the icon blocks at the top of the page until you find it: "Where Used") using a random PN I had for my 1991's clutch slave cylinder:
22865-MJ8-003 CUP, PISTON
and found that it is also used on these models/years:
VF500F '84-'86 500 INTERCEPTOR
VF500C '84-'85 V30 MAGNA
VFR500F '86/F2 '86-'87 INTERCEPTOR
CBR1000F '87-'88 1000 HURRICANE
GL1500 '88-'90/SE '90-'91/GL1500A/I '91 G-WING/SE/ASP/IN
VFR750R '90 RC30
CBR1000F '90-'91 1000 HURRICANE
ST1100 '91-'94 /A '92-'94
VFR750F '90-'97
CBR1000F '93-'96 1000 HURRICANE
CB1000 '94-95
RVF750R '94 RC45
ST1100/A '95-'98
CBR1100XX '97-'03
VTR1000F '98-'05 SUPER HAWK
ST1100/A '99-'02
....and another 18 bikes, including:
ST1300/A '03-'05
ST1300/A '07

For just ST1100s while in a particular ST1100 microfiche, once you have a part in the Parts List window on the upper right side, a double-left-click will give you a pop-up window showing specific ST1100 year and model applications.

Give it a try!  You'll like it.


Comment by Rob Parker: has a reverse part number search on their front page too. Just enter the number and get a list of models that the part was used on.


Comment by John O:
But doesn't even have a fiche for my 91, nor does the part I used in the example above show up as used on a 91 when checked on Ron Ayers.  I've found too many errors in the other online fiches for me to trust any of them completely.  If in doubt, use the remote desktop ones at Service Honda.
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